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Cargo bike flowchart [Steven Vance's Wiki]
 

Cargo bike flowchart

Travis Witter and his family on their new Yuba Mundo. Photo by [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/4614314074/|BikePortland.org]] Do you have a cargo bike? Which one and what are the top 5 reasons to choose that kind. What are the top 5 to not choose it?

While many bikes can carry cargo by adding a rack and a pannier or crate, some bikes are designed from the get-go to be excellent cargo haulers. Start with Question 1. Once you're directed to a group of bikes, read that group's list and information carefully. Only after reading that group should you move on to read the other groups.

Start

Most bikes will span multiple groups. Once you find your group via the flowchart, read all of the text and about all of the bikes in that group. Then read ALL of the groups.

  1. Do you want to carry passengers? If yes, move on to 2nd question. If not, move on to 4th question.
  2. Do you want to carry young children as passengers?
    1. If yes, and in a child seat, see Group 1A.
    2. If yes, and not in a child seat, see Group 1C.
    3. If no, move on to 3rd question.
  3. In addition to carrying passengers, would you also like to carry cargo? If yes, move on to 4th question. If not, see Group 1B.
  4. How much cargo do you want to carry? If <$200 worth of groceries/a week's worth, see Group 2. If you want to carry more (like up to 400+ pounds), see Group 3.

Group 1A

These bikes easily accept child seats because of their long rear racks and each has demonstrated their capability to hold one or more commercially available child seats. It should be noted that you can still carry cargo on these bikes while the child seat is attached.

  • WorkCycles
    • Fr8
    • Transport
    • Opa/Oma
    • Kruisframe
  • Xtracycle Radish and conversion kits
  • Kona Ute
  • Surly Big Dummy

Group 1B

Without major modifications or attachments, these bikes are recommended for carrying passengers of all sizes and ages because of their long rack that acts like a seating deck. No additional materials are needed to carry a passenger although adding a stoker bar to the seatpost is recommended for children.

  • Xtracycle Radish and conversion kits
  • Yuba Mundo
  • Kona Ute
  • Surly Big Dummy
  • Bakfiets and bakfiets-inspired bikes (it may be a stretch to say adults fit comfortably in these bikes, but children fit very well)
    • Joe Bike's ShuttleBug (with or without cabin)
    • The Joe Bike - Front deck for carrying up to 2 children, or 1 adult
    • Metrofiets
    • See Group 3's Boxes or containers bikes.
  • Brown Cycles KidzTandem - The front position of this tandem bicycle comes ready to roll for a child. The front position can be removed and replaced with a temporary basket to hold cargo. This is only listed here because of its capability to have a basket.

Group 1C

Without any modifications or attachments (except those included with the bike), these bikes are recommend for carrying children (not adults) and cargo. These are NOT convertible, stroller-based bicycles and trikes.

Group 1C'

Bikes whose main purpose is to convert from bike to some other contraption such as stroller or trailer. These items are getting only a head-nod here in the information gathering stage as it can be argued that they are not really bikes 100% of the time (and this author would argue that.) They will likely not make it to a final draft.

Group 2

Bikes that are great for grocery getting because of their cargo capacity or ability to hold large panniers.

Cargo capacity

Hold large panniers

  • WorkCycles
    • Transport
    • Fr8
  • Yuba Mundo (Yuba sells the Grocery Getter)
  • Kona Ute
  • Surly Big Dummy
  • Xtracycle Radish and conversion kits

Group 3

Bikes with boxes, buckets, or baskets or flatbeds, or can hold a ton of stuff.

Boxes or containers

  • Bakfiets and bakfiets-inpsired bicycles and tricycles.
  • Metrofiets (can be ordered with box, pallet, et. al.)
  • Nihola trike
  • DeFietsfabriek
  • WorkCycles
  • Christiana trike
  • Madsen (can be ordered with plastic bucket on back)
  • Joe Bike's Shuttlebug (with canopy)

Flatbeds

  • Long John
  • Short John
  • Bullitt (large front deck)
  • CETMA (large front deck; a box is available)
  • Metrofiets (can be ordered without box to have a large front deck)
  • Madsen (can be ordered with Rack)
  • Joe Bike's Shopahaulic (double decker front rack, plus rear rack)
  • Joe Bike's Shuttlebug (without canopy)
  • The Joe Bike (front deck, plus rear rack)

Pizza Bikes

Bikes with a cargo deck in front of the handlebars and above the front wheel

  • Ahearne Cycle Truck
  • Bilenky
  • Puma Mopion
  • Civia Halsted

Other

Comparison Chart

If you can learn wiki syntax easy (if you know HTML, DokuWiki syntax is easier), please let me know and I'll give you editing access.

Abbreviations:

  • NMI: Need more information

Manf. Bike HQ Country Manf. Country Price Cargo Location bike weight Carry Cap. Notable Features Website
Mundo Yuba United States NMI $1099 BACK/SIDES 440 pounds, plus the rider Rear deck and sideloaders http://www.yubaride.com/
Madsen kg271RACK United States NMI $1099 BACK 597 pounds Rear deck http://www.madsencycles.com/
Madsen kg271BUCKET United States NMI $1299 BACK 597 pounds 40 gallon, LLDPE rigid plastic bin http://www.madsencycles.com/
Work Cycles Bakfiets–long C D E FRONT G 80kg front, 50kg rear Option for 2 seats http://www.workcycles.com/
Metrofiets Various United States United States $3500, varies FRONT G H Pallet/Box, customized http://www.metrofiets.com/
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History

This section is a stub and needs your help expanding it.

I think this all happened because BikePortland.org tweeted something about a cargo bike flowchart, then BikeNounVerb retweeted it. I saw it and made this wiki page to get it started. This all happened on May 27, 2010. Editors: Steven Vance; Travis A. Wittwer; (you?)

  • BikePortland
  • BikeNounVerb
  • stevevance

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